Animals, and dogs in particular, carry a heavy burden.
Those of us who love them, ascribe all kinds of virtues to them—understanding, compassion, and unconditional love. Maybe dogs have every wonderful trait we praise them for.
But I suspect dogs are too complex to be everything we need them to be. Sometimes they’re patient and loving. Other times they’re selfish little snots. Y’know, just like humans.
And yet we hear stories of people who experience healing in the presence of animals.
One such story is that of The Horse Boy(affiliate link).
Today, for Pet Travel Tuesday at A Traveler’s Library, I reviewed The Horse Boy, a touching and beautiful film about a family desperate to find help for their autistic son. They seem to find it on horseback in Mongolia. (Please stop over to read my review and to see a trailer for this wonderful film.)
Their experience in Mongolia led Rupert Isaacson and Kristin Neff to start The Horse Boy Foundation, a camp where families with autistic children experience the healing that comes when spending time with horses.
So do these horses, or the dogs in our own lives, have healing powers?
Or maybe the gift animals bring is an example of true presence that opens us to healing no matter where it comes from.
Your Turn: It’s obvious that many people feel that time spent with animals heals them. Why do you think that is?
photo credit (doctor dog): urbanshoregirl via photopin cc. Click on image to see more about the photographer.